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    August 2, 2009
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the mystery surrounding a missing gulf war fighter pilot shot down in iraq in 1991 has been solved. how the military tracked down the remains of captain michael scott speicher. a massachusetts couple discovers their baby boy posted for sale on a craigslist ad. how the scammer got his photo. dozens of toledo cops who lost their jobs over budget cuts are returning to work. how the city plans to pay for it. and back to school season may mean a resurgence of swine flu. hear what federal officials want to do to help keep it in check. hi there, you're watching hln news and views, thanks for joining us. the remains of the first
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american pilot shot down over iraq during the 1991 persian gulf war are finally back home. navy captain michael scott speicher disappeared when his plane went down over anbar province on the first night of the war. his remains have been recovered and positively identified. the discovery should end years of speculation that speicher survived and was held captive. according to the navy an iraqi civilian told u.s. forces early last month that he had witnessed the crash. another iraqi told the marines he saw speicher's body being buried after the crash. the state department trying to find out what happened to three americans who were taken into custody in iran. iranian media report they were arrested for crossing illegally from iraq into iran. a fourth american who was supposed to join them on a hike through the kurdish region of iraq apparently fell ill and stayed behind. one of the americans detained in iran is pennsylvania. his mother spoke to cnn radio network.
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>> my husband and i are eager for the best welfare and conditions for our son josh and for the other two companions he's with. and that is our only concern. his welfare and the best conditions for him. >> the state department says the swiss ambassador to tehran is trying to get information about the detained americans. the u.s. has no diplomatic relations with iran. president obama anded his administration get a six month check-up. he gathered his entire cabinet at blair house for two days of meeting about goals and accomplishments. both the president and vice president joe biden met with cabinet officers on friday. biden ran the show yesterday while the president was at camp david. the white house says the meetings reviewed what the administrations had done in its first six months and set
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priorities for the next six months. treasury secretary timothy geithner was at that meeting and says the economy is no longer on the edge of collapse. he expects it to grow by the end of this year and predicts unemployment will slow significantly by this time next year. >> the broad consensus is you're going to see positive growth in the second half of this year and expect that to continue. >> about that 2.5% level? >> not clear yet. but you need growth before you get businesses to start creating jobs again. and that's where we're going to be very focussed on doing. >> reporter: geithner's predictions weren't all rosy. he warned the bailout plan and the economic stimulus bill are expanding the federal budget deficit. he says any economic recovery won't last unless the deficit is renewed in the near future. with back to school around the corner, public health officials are worried about the spread of swine flu. authorities expect the h1n1 virus to spread further and
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faster once kid return to the classroom. they're encouraging kids to use hand sanitizer. eventually the goal is to vaccinate school-age children, but a vaccine won't be available for months. in the meantime, health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius says states should prepare for the flu as if it were a resurgence of the 1918 pandemic that killed 100 million people worldwide. investigators in idaho looking for a missing boy are focusing on a home in boise. they searched it yesterday and on friday. and also closed off a landfill on the property. the homeowner says investigators dug in his backyard after police dogs picked up a scent in his truck. he says his truck was stolen before the boy disappeared and someone later returned it. >> i was pretty devastated that my truck is being -- considered part of this. whatever lead helps. i have complete cooperation with them. because it's a little boy that needs to be found.
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>> wallace also said he is innocent. 8-year-old robert manwill disappeared nine days ago. police have no suspects, but following about 300 tips in this case. new york's laguardia airport is back on schedule today, that's after a fake bomb caused a massive evacuation. the suspect, scott mcgann is being held without bail for allegedly bringing in a backpack with wires and batteries. officials say mcgann has a criminal record. august is off to a deadly start in afghanistan. nine have died in combat just this weekend. three americans were killed today in eastern afghanistan. yesterday, six nato soldiers died in and around the city of kandahar, at least three of them were americans. 75 nato troops died in afghanistan last month. that's the highest one-month death toll since the u.s.-led invasion in 2001. u.s. marshals have seized skin sanitizer made by a company
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based in utah. the fda is warning people not to use claricon skin products, saying they have harmful bacteria in them. with the claims they can be used to treat open wounds, damaged skin, and that they protect against infectious diseases. no problems related to using the products have been reported to the fda. clarcon voluntarily recalled in june. the fda says the company failed to follow protocols that could've prevented the contamination. in canada, a stage collapsed in the middle of an outdoor music festival. police say one person was killed and 15 other people were injured at the big valley jamboree in alberta. a storm quickly rolled in while some 15,000 people were watching the festival yesterday. the crowd started to evacuate and that's when the stage came down. police say emergency services helped rescue some people trapped under the rubble. president obama's economic recovery plan focussed on shovel-ready projects to put people back to work.
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but it's also giving people jobs. people who never touch a shovel. see how the money is helping fight crime on hln news and views.
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31 toledo police officers laid off because of budget cuts are getting their jobs back. the city's using a grant from the federal economic recovery program to pay for the return. toledo is also getting another federal grant that will put 29 more laid off cops back in uniform. they'll start reporting for duty later this week. >> they're very pleased and it's good news for them and for their families and for the rest of us here at the police department. >> this will enable me to put some of those detectives back into the detective bureau where they can do follow-up investigations to property crimes. and we need all the help we can get in that area. >> the chief says toledo is getting the maximum federal assistance available, even so, 15 officers who were laid off
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will not be going back to work. so how would you like to be the only family living in a 32-story building? it happened in ft. myers, florida. and now the family's attorney has filed two lawsuits saying that the building wasn't finished as promised. the family paid $430,000 for the unit four years ago, but when no one else moved in, the building turned off lights in the pool and the parking garage, sealed off the garbage chute. the developer says the amenities were never promised and the family has rejected all of their offers to resolve the situation. college students spend a ton of money on textbooks every year. one website, though, puts money back into their wallets. clark howard tells you where to find this deal. >> i'm going to be a spoil sport. here we are in the middle of summer and i'm going to talk about back to school.
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how could i do that? because i have an opportunity for you. if you are an incoming college freshman or you're already in college and you've seen your wallet just disappear year after year when you go to the bookstore to buy the books for your classes, what if i could save you a lot of money on that. maybe not for every textbook for every class, but there's a business that's been quietly out there for a couple of years. didn't seem to have much impact then, but seem to be growing quickly where you rent your textbooks for the quarter or semester. think about that. when do you need them again anyway? if you can rent them and turn them back in, that could save you a fortune in money over a four-year degree. the website is chegg.com. i'm clark howard, for more ways to save, go to cnn.com/clark
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howard. >> and clark's show is filled with more helpful information for you. today at 4:00 p.m. eastern. count on clark to help you save more, spend less, and avoid getting ripped off. a teenager who was in and out of a coma for two months is finally home. a car accident nearly killed her. as allison marrow from wbir tells us, what happened while she was in the hospital will stay with her family forever. >> reporter: a sea of green shirts, bracelets, balloons, shoes, even bandannas waited for 30 minutes saturday to hug 16-year-old smith. >> i feel awesome, so excited. >> reporter: but in reality, the so-called green team has been waiting three months for sequoia to come home. >> it was very frightening. a lot of times she was so unstable. >> reporter: after she faced life-threatening injuries -- >> working throughout the day
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trying to keep her to that point she would make it one more day. >> her favorite color lime green soon decked the halls at the medical center. >> people kept asking us and telling us they were praying for us because of our shirts. they saw that. >> it was amazing the support that her friends and family and church gave her. >> reporter: but the color and the prayers didn't stop with sequoia. >> but then the youth would start seeing other people in need. >> we started visiting others. >> reporter: even started singing songs like the one that brandon wrote for sequoiah. >> i won't forget it. >> you knew they were spreading joy and faith throughout the entire building. >> reporter: the group says their constant vigil brought sequo sequoiah home. >> they said prayers were the only thing that were going to heal her. >> if they didn't pray, i would have died, i think. and i came back to life. >> reporter: and though she's in
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the clear, the group is still praying. >> dear god, we thank you that you brought her back to us. >> reporter: only now she's praying with them. >> it makes me want to cry. >> reporter: allison marrow, 10 news. a solemn ceremony marked the christening of a warship honoring a marine who sacrificed his life for his comrades. corporal jason dunham's mother smashed a bottle of champagne on this ship named after her son. three other marines are alive today because he covered an exploding grenade with his body in 2004. his mother and one of the men whose lives were saved say this is a perfect way to honor him. >> what it reminds me the most about is jason would think this is cool to have his name on a ship because as a military person, the meaning is definitely there. as a mom, i'm having a hard time because my son's not here.
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>> he's the reason i'm standing here in this interview. he's the reason i go home to my pregnant, beautiful wife and my 2-year-old daughter. if it wasn't for him, they wouldn't -- they wouldn't even exist. they wouldn't be here. >> reporter: sergeant hampton and the other two marines suffered burns and shrapnel wounds from the explosion.
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a man hunt is underway in israel for a gunman who opened fire at a youth club for gay teens. a 17-year-old girl and a 26-year-old man were killed in the shooting late last night in tel aviv. 11 other people were injured. police are treating the attack as a hate crime. and israel's only openly gay lawmaker agrees with that approach. >> we didn't expect such a murderous attack. this is the first time something like that is happening in israel. and we are not going to sit quietly and let this pass away. we're going to fight for our freedom. >> the shooting has come to a shock to many in israel where gays and lesbians are allowed to openly serve in the military and actors and musicians are some of the most popular in the country. president obama has ordered the detention center at guantanimo bay closed in
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january. and for the first time, we're finding out what might happen to the terrorism suspects detained there. senior officials say the administration plans to transfer them to a super maximum security facility in the united states. the prison would have its own federal court facilities. it may be located in kansas or at a michigan prison about to shut down. the revelation comes a day after a detainee apparently committed suicide inside the psychiatric ward at guantanimo bay. six people were wounded in a shooting outside a chicago church where a gang member's funeral was being held. there was a stampede when people inside the church heard that shots were being fired. precautions were taken so the shooter couldn't get inside. >> they locked the doors for about two or three minutes and then they opened them back up and found four bodies lying on the ground. >> it was so brazen, so much violence in schools and church is supposed to be a safe haven. and if that is is being
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violated, we are really in trouble. >> witnesses say that the shooter ran off. no one has been arrested. police believe the shootings are gang-related. a massachusetts woman who posted her son's baby pictures on her family's blog got a surprising lesson in why that's not such a good idea. and you may think twice about posting your kids' pictures online after you see this report from sean kelly. >> reporter: 7-month-old jacob was eating toys while his mother got a suspicious e-mail. >> one of the girls e-mailed us saying someone is is using jake's picture in an adoption scam. >> reporter: it sounded hard to believe. she did some investigating and found this ad on craigslist about a cute baby boy available for adoption, but no picture. so brennan e-mailed the list ee yahoo and got this in an inbox. >> the picture he sends you is a picture of jake. >> it was horrifying, i never
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would've thought in a million years i would have the emotional reaction i did. >> reporter: it claimed her son is canadian born and living in an orphanage, the republic next to nigeria. >> i got really angry. incredibly angry. >> reporter: but brennan decided to play along in search of more clues, discovered if you hold a cursor, it shows the address for her family's blog. >> i know other people had access to it, but i never thought anyone would want to. >> reporter: the scam unravelled through a correspondent, she called authorities when the person asked for $300 just to start the application process. >> even though he's not being harmed, i think in a way he's being sort of violated. >> and our thanks to sean kelly from wcdb for that report. they have since made their family blog private. most churches collect money during the service, but the first baptist church in florida decided to give money to its members on the conditions that they pay it forward.
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1,800 members received envelopes containing anywhere from $10 to $100. the church asked them to use money to spread random acts of kindness for those in need. members say word of the good deed got out quickly. >> i had started to explain what our church was doing and before i could even get it out, she said, oh, is it the baptist church in the middle of town? and i said, yeah, that's right, how did you know? and she said i already had two other people who have given me money because of what your church is doing, hopefully it'll continue to bless people and see that it makes a difference. >> altogether, members gave $25,000 of the church's money to help others. president obama may have started a new trend. the beer summit. see how a couple of cold ones caused political problems far from washington. they said it would never last.
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the mystery surrounding a missing gulf war fighter pilot shot down in iraq in 1991 has been solved. how the military tracked down the remains of captain michael scott speicher. a massachusetts couple discovers their baby boy posted for sale on a craigslist ad. how the scammer got his photo. dozens of toledo cops who lost their jobs over budget cuts are returning to work. how the city plans to pay for it. and back to school season may mean a resurgence of swine flu. hear what federal officials want to do to help keep it in check. hi, you're watching hln news and views, i'm natasha curry. the remains of the first
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american pilot shot down over iraq during the 1991 persian gulf war are finally back home. navy captain michael scott speicher disappeared when his plane went down over anbar province on the first night of the war. his remains have now been recovered and positively identified. the discovery should end years of speculation that speicher actually survived and was held captive. >> it's a bittersweet ending. i mean, it's great that we have finally accomplished an ending, but it is bittersweet. you know, you always hope that he's going to be found alive, but yet on that end, if he was found alive, look what he's missed. his children are in college now and, you know, what kind of life would he have led being a prisoner of war? and of course, there was always speculation that he was, you know, tortured and beaten and so -- it's like i said bittersweet. >> the navy says an iraqi civilian told u.s. forces early
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last month that he had witnessed the crash. another iraqi told marines that he saw speicher's body being buried after the crash. the state department's trying to find out what happened to three americans who were taken into custody in iran. iranian media report they were arrested for crossing illegally from iraq into iran. a fourth american who was supposed to join them on a hike through the kurdish region to iraq apparently fell ill and stayed behind. one of the americans detained in iran is from pennsylvania. his mother spoke to cnn radio network. >> my husband and i are eager for the best welfare and conditions for our son josh and for the other two companions he's with. and that is our only concern. his welfare, and the best conditions for him. >> the state department says the
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swiss ambassador to tehran is trying to get information about the detained americans. the u.s. has no diplomatic relations with iran. for president obama and his administration, a six month check-up. he gathered his entire cabinet at blair house across the street from the white house for two days about meetings of goals and accomplishments. both the president and vice president met with cabinet officers on friday. biden ran the show yesterday while the president was at camp david. the white house says the meetings reviewed what the administration had done in its first six months and set priorities for the next six months. treasury secretary timothy geithner was at that meeting and he says the economy is no longer on the edge of collapse. he expected to grow by the end of the year and predicts unemployment will slow significantly by this time next year. >> the broad consensus of private forecasters is you're going to see positive growth and expect that to continue. you need growth -- >> about 2.5% level?
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>> not clear yet. but you need growth before you get businesses to start creating jobs again. and that's where we're going to be very focussed on doing. >> geithner's predictions weren't all rosy, though, warning that the bailout plan and the economic stimulus bill are expanding the federal budget deficit to unsustainable levels. he says any recovery won't last unless the deficit is reduced in the near future. with back to school season just around the corner, public health officials say they're now worried about the spread of swine flu. authorities expect the virus to spread further and faster once kids return to the classroom. they were encouraging kids to use hand sanitizer. eventually, the goal is to vaccinate school-aged children. but a vaccine won't be available for months. in the meantime, health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius says states should prefapare for the flu asf it were a resurgence of the pandemic that killed 100 million people worldwide.
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investigators in idaho looking for a missing boy. the homeowner says investigators dug in his backyard after police dogs picked up a scent in his truck. he says his truck was stolen before the boy disappeared and someone later returned it. >> it was pretty devastating that my truck being considered part of this. whatever lead helps, i mean, i have complete cooperation with them because yes, david's a little boy that needs to be found. >> reporter: wallace also says he's innocent. robert manwill disappeared eight days ago. police say they have no suspects but they are following 300 tips in this case. new york's laguardia airport is back on schedule today, that's after a fake bomb caused a massive evacuation. the suspect, scott mcgann is being held without bail for allegedly bringing in a backpack with wires and batteries. officials say mcgann has a
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criminal record. august is off to a deadly start for u.s. and allied forces in afghanistan. nine have died in combat just this weekend. three americans were killed today in eastern afghanistan. yesterday, six nato soldiers died in and around the city of kandahar. at least three of them were americans. 75 nato troops died in afghanistan last month. that's the highest one-month death toll since the u.s.-led invasion in 2001. in canada, a stage collapsed in the middle of an outdoor music festival. police say one person was killed and 15 others were injured at the big valley jamboree in alberta. a storm quickly rolled in while some 15,000 people were watching the festival yesterday. the crowd started to evacuate and that's when the stage came down. police say emergency services helped rescue some people trapped under the rubble. president obama's economic recovery plan focussed on shovel-ready projects to put people back to work. but it's also giving people
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jobs. people who never touch a shovel. see how the money is helping fight crime on hln news and views.
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31 toledo police officers laid off because of budget cuts are getting their jobs back. the city's using a grant from the federal economic recovery program to pay for the return. toledo is also getting another federal grant that will put 29 more laid off cops back in uniform. we'll start reporting for duty later this week. >> they're very pleased for them and for their families and for the rest of us here at the police department. this will enable me to put some of those detectives back into the detective bureau where they can do follow-up investigations to property crimes and we need
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all the help we can get in that area. >> the chief says toledo is getting the maximum federal assistance available. even so, 15 officers who were laid off, will not be going back to work. so how would you like to be the only family living in a 32-story building. it happened in ft. myers, florida. and now the family's attorney has filed two lawsuits saying that the building wasn't finished as promised. the family paid $430,000 for the unit four years ago. but when no one else moved in, the building turned off lights in the pool and the parking garage, sealed off the garbage statu chute. the developer says they were never promised. u.s. marshals have seized skin sanitizer made by a company based in utah. the fda is warning people not to use clarcon skin products saying
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they have harmful bacteria. the products are being promoted under several brand names with the claims they can be used to treat open wounds, damaged skin and they protect against infectious diseases. no problems related to using the products have been reported to the fda. clarcon voluntarily recalled them in june. the fda says they failed to follow protocols that could've prevented the contamination. a kentucky man faces a murder charge in the death of a triathlon competitor. police say 26-year-old kenneth yates ran him down during the bicyclist portion. according to police yates sped away from the scene and took off again after he was stopped by an officer. his mother took yates back to the crash site where he was arrested. a teenager who was in and out of a coma for two months is finally home. a car accident nearly killed her. as allison marrow from wbir tells us, what happened while
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she was in the hospital will stay with her family forever. >> reporter: a sea of green shirts, bracelets, balloons, shoes, even bandannas waited for 30 minutes saturday to hug 16-year-old smith. >> i feel awesome. i'm so excited. >> reporter: but in reality, the so-called green team has been waiting three months for sequoyah to come home. >> a lot of times she was so unstable. >> reporter: after she faced life-threatening injuries. >> working throughout the day trying to keep her at that point that she would make it one more day. >> reporter: her favorite color, lime green soon decked the halls at the medical center. >> people kept asking us and they were telling us that they were praying for us because of our shirts. >> it was just really amazing, the support that her friends and family and church really gave her. >> reporter: but the color and the prayers didn't stop with
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sequoyah. they even started singing songs like the one that brandon wrote for her. >> that was a cool experience and i won't forget it. >> you knew that they were spreading joy and faith throughout the entire building. >> reporter: the group says their constant vigil brought her home. >> the doctors told us right from the beginning that prayers were the only thing that was going to heal her. >> they saved my life, if they didn't pray, i probably would've died, i think, and i came back to life. >> reporter: and though she's in the clear, the group is still praying. >> dear god, we thank you that you brought her back to us. >> reporter: only now, she's praying with them. >> makes me want to cry. >> reporter: allison marrow, 10 news. a solemn ceremony marked the christening of a warship honoring a marine who sacrificed his life for his comrades.
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corporal jason dunham's mother smashed a bottle of champagne on this ship named after her son. three other marines are alive today because dunham covered an exploding grenade with his body in iraq in 2004. his mother and one of the men whose lives were saved say this is the perfect way to honor him. >> what it reminds me the most about is jason would think this is really cool to have his name on a ship because as a military person, the meaning is definitely there. as a mom, i'm having a hard time because my son's not here. >> he's the reason i'm standing here. in this interview. he's the reason i go home to my pregnant, beautiful wife and my 2-year-old daughter. if it wasn't for him, they wouldn't -- they wouldn't even exist for me because i wouldn't be here. >> reporter: sergeant hampton and the other two marines suffered burns and shrapnel wounds from the explosion.
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if you've ever posted your child's picture on facebook or a personal blog, listen up. a massachusetts couple says someone took their son's photo from their website and used it in an adoption scam. and she might never have even known about it if a good samaritan hadn't alerted her.
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a man hunt is underway in israel for a gunman who opened fire at a youth club for gay teens. a 17-year-old girl and a 26-year-old man were killed in the shooting last night in tel aviv. 11 other people were injured. police are treating the attack as a hate crime. and israel's only openly gay lawmaker agrees with that approach. >> we didn't expect such a murderous attack. this is the first time something like that is happening in israel. and we are not going to sit quietly and let this pass away. we're going to fight for freedom. >> the shooting has come to a shock to many in israel where gays and lesbians are allowed to openly serve in the military and openly gay musicians and actors are among some of the most popular in the country.
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only six medals of honor have been awarded during the course of the wars of iraq and afghanist afghanistan. that's a small number considering 244 issued for the vietnam war. the bill reviewing the awarding process passed the house. they don't go through any more or less scrutiny than in the past. president obama has ordered the detention center at guantanimo bay closed in january. and for the first time, we're finding out what might happen to the terrorism suspects detained there. senior officials say the administration plans to transfer them to a super maximum security facility in the united states. the prison would have its own federal court facilities. it may be located in kansas or at a michigan prison that is about to shut down. the revelation comes a day after a yemeni detainee committed suicide at guantanimo bay. six people wounded in a
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shooting outside a chicago church where a gang member's funeral was being held. there was a stampede when people inside the church heard that shots were being fired. precautions were taken so the shooter couldn't get inside. >> they locked the doors for about two or three minutes and then opened them back up and four bodies lying on the ground. >> it was so brazen, you know, so much violence in school, the church is supposed to be a safe haven. and if this is -- if that is being violated, we are really in trouble. >> witnesses say the shooter ran off, no one has been arrested. police believe the shootings are gang-related. a massachusetts woman who posted her son's baby pictures on her family's blog got a surprising lesson in why that's not such a good idea. and you may think twice about posting your kids' pictures online after you see this report from sean kelly from wcdb. >> reporter: jacob brennan was busy tasting toys when his mother got a suspicious e-mail. >> out of the blue some girl
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e-mailed us and said i think you should know that someone is using jake's picture in an adoption scam. >> reporter: it sounded hard to believe. brennan did some investigating and found this ad on ad on crai about a cute baby boil available for adoption but no picture. brennan e-mailed the listed yahoo! address and got this in her in-box. the picture he sends you is a picture of jake. >> i never would have thought in a million years that i would have the emotional reaction that i did. >> reporter: the e-mail claimed her son is canadian-born and living in an orphanage in cam room, the republic next to nigeria. >> i got really angry. incredibly angry. >> reporter: but brennan decided to play along in search of more clues. she discovered if you hold a cursor over jacob's picture it shows the address for her family's blog. >> i know other people had access to. >> reporter: the scam unraveled through an elaborate correspondence. she called the authorities when
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someone wanted $300 to start the application process. >> he think he's being violated. >> our thanks to wcvb for that report. brennans have since made their family blog private. most churches collect money during the service but the first baptist church in florida decided to give money to its members on the condition that they pay it forward. 1,800 members received envelopes containing from $10 to $100. church asked them to use the money to spread random acts of kindness to those in need. members say word of the good deed got out around pretty quickly. >> had started to explain what our church was doing and before i could even get it out, she said, oh, is it the baptist churn in the middle of town? i said, yeah, that's right, how did you know? she said i've already had two other people that have given me money because of what your church is doing. hopefully it will inspire people to continue to bless people and see that it makes a difference.
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>> all together members gave away $25,000 of the church's money to help others. president obama may have started a new trend. the beer summit. see how a couple of cold ones caused troubles for political waters far from washington. oo%
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the mystery surrounding a missing gulf war fighter pilot shot down in iraq in 1991 has been solved. how the military tracked down the remains of captain michael scott speicher. a massachusetts couple discovers their baby boy posted for sale on a craigslist ad. how the scammer got his photo. dozens of toledo cops who lost their jobs over budget cuts are returning to work. how the city plans to pay for it. and back to school season may mean a resurgence of swine flu. hear what federal officials want to do to help keep it in check. hi there, you're watching hln news and views. i'm natasha curry, thanks for joining us. the remains of the first
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american pilot shot down over iraq during the 1991 persian gulf war will finally back home. navy captain michael scott speicher disappeared when hess plane went down over anbar province on the first night of the war. his remains have now been recovered and positively identified. the discovery should end years of speculation that he actually survived and was held captive. according to the navy, an iraqi civilian told u.s. forces early last month that he had witnessed the crash. another iraqi told the marines he saw scott speicher's body being buried after the crash. the state department's trying to find out what happened to three americans who were taken into custody in iran. iranian media reports they were arrested for crossing illegally from iraq into iran. a fourth american who was supposed to join them on a hike through the kurdish region of iraq apparently fell ill and stayed behind. one of the americans detained in iran is from pennsylvania. his mother spoke to cnn radio
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network. >> my husband and i are eager for the best welfare and conditions for our son josh and for the other two companions he's with. and that is our only concern, his welfare and the best conditions for him. >> the state department says the swiss ambassador to tehran is trying to get information about the detained americans. the u.s. has no diplomatic relations with iran. for president obama and his administration, a six-month checkup. he gathered his entire cabinet at blair house across the street from the white house for two days of meetings about goals and accomplishments. both the president and vice president joe biden met with cabinet officers on friday. biden ran the show yesterday while the president was at camp david. the white house says the meeting reviewed what the administration had done in its first six months and set priorities for the next
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six months. treasury secretary timothy geithner was at that meeting. he says the economy is no longer on the edge of collapse. he expects it to grow by the end of this year and predicts unemployment will slow significantly by this time next year. >> the broad consensus of private forecasters is you'll see positive growth in the second half of this year and expect that to continue. >> above that 2.5% level? >> not clear yet but you need growth before you get businesses to create jobs again. that's what we'll be very focused on doing. >> geithner's predictions weren't all rosy. he warned the federal budget deficit is strained to record levels. the economic recovery won't last unless the deficit is reduced in the near future. arizona senator john mccain is also worried about the skyrocketing deficit. he says while he thinks president obama's stimulus has had some effect on the economy,
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it has also put the country trillions of dollars in debt. >> it is a short-term improvement in the economy, and i'll be glad to give him credit for that. but the question that i think we should be asking, are the long-term consequences of this unprecedented debts and deficits, are they beneficial to the country. and i think the answer is no. >> mccain says the long-term consequences of the deficit will be devastating unless the country does something about it. with back-to-school season just around the corner, public health officials say they're now worried about the spread of swine flu. authorities expect the h1n1 virus to spread further and faster once kids return to the classroom. they are encouraging kids to use hand sanitizer. eventually the goal is to vaccinate school-age children but a vaccine won't be available for months. in the meantime, health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius says states should prepare for the flu as if
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it were a resurgence of the 1918 pandemic that killed 100 million people worldwide. investigators in idaho looking for a missing boy are focusing on a home in boise. they searched it yesterday and on friday and also closed off a landfill on the property. the homeowner says investigators dug in his backyard after police dogs picked up a scent in his truck. he says his truck was stolen before the boy disappeared and someone later returned it. >> i was pretty devastated that my truck is being, you know, considered part of this. whatever helps. i have complete cooperation with them because, yes, it is a little boy that needs to be found. >> wallace says is he innocent. the 8-year-old disappeared nine days ago after visiting his mom. police say they have no suspects but they are following about 300 tips in this case. new york's laguardia airport is back on schedule today after a fake bomb caused a massive
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evacuation. the suspect, scott mcgann, is being held without bail for allegedly bringing in a packpack with wires and batteries. officials say mcgann has a criminal record. august is off to a deadly start for u.s. and allied forces in afghanistan. nine have died in combat just this weekend. three americans were killed today in eastern afghanistan. yesterday, six nato soldiers died in and around the city of kandahar. at least three of them were americans. 75 nato troops died in afghanistan last month. that's the highest one-month death toll since the u.s.-led invasion in 2001. in canada, a stage collapsed in the middle of an outdoor music festival. one person was killed and 15 others injured at the big valley jamboree in alberta. a storm quaickly rolled in whil 15,000 people were watching the festival. people started to evacuate and that's when the stage came down.
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emergency services rescued some people trapped under the rubble. president obama's economic recovery plan focused on shovelen-ready projects to put people back to work but it is also giving people jobs, people who never touch a shovel. see how the money's helping fight crime an hln "news and views."
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31 toledo police officers laid off because of budget cuts are getting their jobs back. the city's using a grant from the federal economic recovery program to pay for the return. toledo is also getting another federal grant that will put 29 more laid off cops back in uniform. they'll start reporting for duty later this week. >> they're very pleased. it's good news for them and for their families and the rest of us here at the police department. >> this will enable me to put some those detectives back into the detective bureau where they can do follow-up investigations to property crimes and we need all the help we can get in that area. >> the chief says toledo's getting the maximum federal
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assistance available. even so, 15 officers who were laid off will not be going back to work. how would you like to be the only family living in a 32-story building? it happened in ft. meyers, florida. now the family's attorney has filed two lawsuits saying that the building wasn't finished as promised. the family paid $430,000 for the unit four years ago, but when no one else moved in the building turned off lights in the pool and the parking garage. sealed off the garbage chute, and never developed the planned clubhouse, marina and restaurant. the developer says the amenities were never promised and the family has rejected all their offers to resolve the situation. u.s. marshals have seized skin sanitizer made by a company based in utah. the fda is warning people not to use clarcon skin products saying it has harmful bacteria in them. the products are promoted under several brand names with the claim they can be used to treat
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open wounds, damaged skin and that they protect against infectious diseases. no problems related to using the products have been reported to the fda. clarcon voluntarily recalled the affected products in june. the fda says the company failed to follow protocols that could have prevented the product contamination. a kentucky man faces a murder charge in the death of a triathlon competitor. police say 26-year-old kenneth yates ran down 47-year-old john carr during the bicycling portion of the grueling race in louisville. according to police, yates sped away from the scene and took off again after he was stopped by an off-duty officer. his mother took yates back to the crash site where he was arrested. a teenager who was in and out of a coma for two months is finally home. a car accident nearly killed her. as afill yachlt wbir tells us, what happened while she was in the hospital will stay with her family forever. >> reporter: a sea of green
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shirts, brts, balloons, shoes, even bandanas waited for 30 minutes saturday to hug 16-year-old sequoya smith. >> i'm so excited. >> reporter: but in reality, the so-called green team has been waiting three months. >> it was very frightening. a lot of times she was just so unstable. >> reporter: after she faced life-threatening injuries -- >> working throughout the day trying to keep her at that point that she would make it one more day. >> reporter: -- sequoia's favorite color, lime green, soon decked the halls and ut medical center. >> people kept asking us, they were telling us that they were praying for us because of our shirts. they saw that. >> it was really amazing the support that her friends and family and church really gave her. >> reporter: but the color and the prayers didn't stop with sequoia. >> we started visiting other people throughout the hospital. >> reporter: they even started singing songs like the one brandon wrote for sequoia.
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>> that was a really cool experience. i won't forget it. >> you knew that they were spreading joy and faith throughout the entire building. >> reporter: the group says their constant vigil brought sequoyah home. >> doctors said right from the beginning prayers were the only thing that would heal her. >> they saved my life. if they didn't pray, i probably would have died, i think, at not come back to life. >> reporter: though she's in the clear, the group is still praying. >> dear god, thank you for bringing her back to us. >> reporter: only now, she's praying with them. >> makes me want to cry. >> reporter: allison morrow, 10 news. a solemn ceremony marked the christening of a warship honoring a marine who sacrificed his life for his comrades. corps consider pral jason
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dunham's mother smashed a bottle on the ship named after her son. three marines are alive today because he covered a grenade with his body in 2004. his mother and one of the men whose life he saved say this is the perfect way to honor him. >> it reminds me the most about jason would think it is really cool to have his name on a ship. as a military person, the meaning is definitely there. as a mom, i'm having hard time because my son's not here. >> he's the reason i'm standing here in this interview. he's the reason i go home to my pregnant, beautiful wife and my 2-year-old daughter. if it wasn't for him, they wouldn't even exist. >> sergeant hampton and the other two marines suffered burns and shrapnel wounds from the explosion. suppose were you in the middle of the country and you needed to be seen by a doctor, say in california. well, one doctor actually has a
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way to make that visit happen without either of you taking a trip. dr. sanjay gupta takes a look at some futuristic medicine in today's "vital signs." >> reporter: dr. chung regularly sees patients via the wireless robot. he can portal inside a patient's room from just about anywhere. >> let's go live. >> reporter: we are here controlling this robot in santa barbara, ear we're here in texas. dr. chung does this all the time. you can be controlling a robot in this hospital or anywhere in the world, right? >> anywhere around the world. >> reporter: a high-quality camera allows the robot to move its head from side to side and record images from all angles. there's a laptop, and remote joy stick that lets the doctor zoom in and check a patient's pupils. vital signs. even examine their brain scans remotely. a surgeon could essentially talk someone through an operation as if they were doing it themselves. in real time. >> for more on this and other
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exciting advances in medicine, go to our website, cnn.com/vital signs.
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a manhunt is under way in israel for a gunman who opened fire at a youth club for gay teens. a 17-year-old girl and a 26-year-old man were killed in the shooting late last night in tel aviv.
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11 other people were injured. police are are treating the attack as a hate crime. israel's only openly gay lawmaker agrees with that approach. >> we didn't expect such a murderous attack. this is the first time that something like that is happening in israel and we're not going to sit here quietly and let this pass away. we're going to fight for our freedom. >> the shooting has come as a shock to many in israel where gays and lesbians are openly allowed to serve in the military. openly gay musicians and actors are some of the most popular in the country. only six medals of honor have been awarded during the course of the wars in iraq and afghanistan. that's a very small number considering the 244 were issued for the vietnam war. a bill ordering a review of the awarding process passed the house. military official say nominations don't go through any more or less scrutiny than in the past. president obama has ordered
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the detention center at guantanamo bay closed in january. for the first time, we're finding out what might happen to the terrorism suspects detained there. senior officials say the administration plans to transfer them to a super maximum security facility in the united states. the prison would have its own federal court facilities. it may be located at ft. levinworth, kansas or at a michigan prison that is about to shut down. the revelation comes a day after a yemeni detainee apparently committed suicide inside the psychiatric ward at guantanamo bay. a massachusetts woman who posted her son's baby pictures on her family's blog got a surprising lesson in why that's not such a good idea. you may think twice about posting your kids' pictures online after you see this report from sean kelly from affiliate wcvb. >> reporter: 7 monday jacob brennan was busy tasting toys when his mother jenny got a suspicious e-mail.
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>> out of the you blue some girl e-mailed us and said, i think you should know that someone is using jake's picture in an adoption scam. >> reporter: it sounded hard to believe. brennan did some investigating and found this ad on craigslist about a cute baby boy available for adoption. but no picture. so brennan e-mailed the listed yahoo! address and got this in her in box. >> the picture he sends you is the picture of jake. >> it was heartbreaking. i never would have thought in a million years i'd have the emotional eracks i did. >> reporter: the e-mail claims her son is living in an orphanage in cameroon, the republic next to nigeria. >> i got incredibly angry. >> reporter: but she decided to play along in search of more clues. she discovered if you hold the cursor over jacob's picture it shows the address for her family's blog. >> i know other people had access to it but i never thought anyone would want to. >> reporter: the scam unraveled during an elaborate
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correspondence. when the person asked for $300 just to start the application process -- >> even though he's not being harmed, i think in a way he's being sort of violated. >> our thanks to sean kelly from hln affiliate wcvb for this report. brennans have since made their family blog private. most churches collect money during the service. but the first baptist church in o florida decided to give church money to its members on the condition they pay it forward. 1,800 member received nenvelope containing from $10 to $1,000. the church asked them to spread random acts of kindness to those inde need. >> i had started to explain what our church was doing and before i could get it out, she said, oh, is it the baptist church in the middle of town? i said, yeah, that's right, how did you know? she said i've already had two other people that have given me money because of what your church is doing. hopefully it will inspire people to continue to bless people and see that it makes a difference. >> all together members gave
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away $25,000 of the church's money to help others. president obama may have started a new trend. the beer summit. see how a couple of cold ones calmed some troubled political waters far from washington on hln "news and views."
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the mystery surrounding a missing gulf war fighter pilot shot down in iraq in 1991 has been solved. how the military tracked down the remains of captain michael scott speicher. a massachusetts couple discovers their baby boy posted for sale on a craigslist ad. how the scammer got his photo. dozens of toledo cops who lost their jobs over budget cuts are returning to work. how the city plans to pay for it. and back to school season may mean a resurgence of swine flu. hear what federal officials want to do to help keep it in check. hi, you're watching hln "news and views." i'm natasha curly. news.
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the remains of the first american officer shot down in the gulf war has been identified. navy captain michael scott speicher had been held captain since his plane went down over anbar province on the first night of the war. his remains have been recovered and positively identify, ending years of speculation he actually survived and was held captive. >> it is a bittersweet ending. i mean it's great that we have finally accomplished an ending, but it is bittersweet. you know, you always hope that he's going to be found alive, but yet on that end, if he was found alive, look what he's missed. i mean his children are in college now and what kind of life would he have led, being a prisoner of war? of course there was always speculation that he was tortured and beaten. you know, so like i said, it's bittersweet. >> the navy says an iraqi civilian told u.s. forces early last month that he had witnessed
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the crash. another iraqi told marines that he saw the body being buried after the crash. the state department's trying to find out what happened to three americans who were taken into custody in iran. iranian media reports they were arrested for crossing illegally from iraq into iran. a fourth american who was supposed to join them on a hike through the kurdish region of iraq apparently fell ill and stayed behind. one of the americans detained in iran is from pennsylvania. his mother spoke to cnn radio network. >> my husband and i are eager for the best welfare and conditions for our son josh and for the other two companions he's with. and that is our only concern, his welfare and the best conditions for him. >> the state department says the
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swiss ambassador to tehran is trying to get information about the detained americans. the u.s. has no diplomatic relations with iran. for president obama and his administration, a six-month checkup. he gathered his entire cabinet at blair house across the street from the white house for two days of meetings about goals and accomplishments. both the president and vice president joe biden met with cabinet officers on friday. biden ran the show yesterday while the president was at camp david. the white house says the meeting reviewed what the administration had done in its first six months and set priorities for the next six months. treasury secretary timothy geithner was at that meeting and he says the economy's no longer on the edge of collapse. he expects it to grow by the end of this year and predicts unemployment will slow significantly by this time next year. >> the broad consensus of private forecasters is you'll see positive growth in the second half of this year and expect that to continue. >> above that 2.5% level?
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>> not clear yet. but you need growth before you get businesses starting creating jobs again and that's where we're going to be very focused on doing. >> geithner's predictions weren't all rosy though. he warned the bailout plan and economic stimulus bill are expanding the federal budget deficit to unsustainable levels. he says any economic recovery won't last unless the deficit is reduced in the near future. with back to school season just around the corner public health officials are now worried about the spread of swine flu. authorities expect the h1n1 virus to spread further and faster once kids return to the classroom. they're encouraging kids to use hand sanitizer. eventually the goal is to vaccinate school-age children but a vaccine won't be available for months. in the meantime, health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius says states should prepare for the flu as if it were a resurgence of the 1918 pandemic that killed 100 million people worldwide. investigators in idaho looking for a missing boy are
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focusing on a home in boise. they certainlied yesterday and friday and also closed off a landfill on the property. the homeowner says investigators dug in his backyard after police dogs picked up a scent in his truck. he says his truck was stolen before the boy disappeared and someone later returned it. >> i was pretty devastated that my truck is being considered part of this. whatever the lead helps. i have complete cooperation with them. yes, the little boy needs to be found. >> wall lass says he's innocent. boyce disappeared after visiting his moment. police are following 300 tips in this case but have no suspects. new york's laguardia airport is back on schedule today after a fake bomb caused a massive evacuation. the suspect scott mcgann is being held without bail for allegedly bringing in a backpack with wires and batteries. officials say mcgann has a
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criminal record. august is off to a deadly start for u.s. and allied forces in afghanistan. nine have died in combat just this weekend. three americans were killed today in eastern afghanistan. yesterday six nato soldiers died in and around the city of kandahar. at least three of them were americans. 75 nato troops died in afghanistan last month. that's the highest one-month death toll since the u.s.-led invasion in 2001. in canada, a stage collapsed in the middle of an outdoor music festival. police say one person was killed and 15 others were injured at the big valley jamboree in alberta. a storm quickly rolled in while some 15,000 people were watching the festival yesterday. the crowd started to evacuate, and that's when the stage came down. police say emergency services helped rescue some people trapped under the rubble. president obama's economic recovery plan focused on shovel-ready projects to put people back to work. but it's also giving people
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jobs. people who never touch a shovel. see how the money is helping fight crime on hln "news and views."
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31 toledo police officers laid off because of budget cuts are getting their jobs back. the city's using a grant from the federal economic recovery program to pay for the return. toledo is also getting another federal grant that will put 29 more laid off cops back in uniform. they'll start reporting for duty later this week. >> they're very pleased. it's good news for them and for their families and the rest of us here at the police department. >> this will enable me to put some those detectives back into the detective bureau where they can do follow-up investigations to property crimes and we need
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all the help we can get in that area. >> the chief says toledo's getting the maximum federal assistance available. even so, 15 officers who were laid off will not be going back to work. how would you like to be the only family living in a 32-story building? it happened in ft. meyers, florida. now the family's attorney has filed two lawsuits saying that the building wasn't finished as promised. the family paid $430,000 for the unit four years ago, but when no one else moved in the building turned off lights in the pool and the parking garage. sealed off the garbage chute, and never developed the planned clubhouse, marina and restaurant. the developer says the amenities were never promised and the family has rejected all their offers to resolve the situation. u.s. marshals have seized skin sanitizer made by a company based in utah. the fda is warning people not to use clarcon skin products saying it has harmful bacteria in them.
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the products are promoted under several brand names with the claim they can be used to treat open wounds, damaged skin and that they protect against infectious diseases. no problems related to using the products have been reported to the fda. clarcon voluntarily recalled the affected products in june. the fda says the company failed to follow protocols that could have prevented the product contamination. a kentucky man faces a murder charge in the death of a triathlon competitor. police say 26-year-old kenneth yates ran down 47-year-old john carr during the bicycling portion of the grueling race in louisville. according to police, yates sped away from the scene and took off again after he was stopped by an off-duty officer. his mother took yates back to the crash site where he was arrested. a teenager who was in and out of a coma for two months is finally home. a car accident nearly killed her. as our affiliate wbir tells us, what happened while she was in
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the hospital will stay with her family forever. >> reporter: a sea of green shirts, bracelets, balloons, shoes, even bandanas, waited for 30 minutes saturday to hug 16-year-old sequoyah smith. >> i'm so excited. >> reporter: but in reality, the so-called green team has been waiting three months. >> it was very frightening. a lot of times she was just so unstable. >> reporter: after she faced life-threatening injuries -- >> working throughout the day trying to keep her at that point that she would make it one more day. >> reporter: her ferret color, lime green, soon decked the halls at ut medical center. >> people kept asking us, they were telling us that they were praying for us because of our shirts. they saw that. >> it was really amazing the support that her friends and family and church really gave her. >> reporter: but the color and the prayers didn't stop with sequoyah. >> we started visiting other
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people throughout the hospital. >> reporter: they even started singing songs like the one brandon wrote for sequoyah. >> that was a really cool experience. i won't forget it. >> you knew that they were spreading joy and faith throughout the entire building. >> reporter: the group says their constant vigil brought sequoyah home. >> doctors said right from the beginning prayers were the only thing that would heal her. >> they saved my life. if they didn't pray, i probably would have died, i think, at not come back to life. >> reporter: though she's in the clear, the group is still praying. >> dear god, thank you for bringing her back to us. >> reporter: only now, she's praying with them. >> makes me want to cry. >> reporter: allison morrow, 10 news. a solemn ceremony marked the christening of a warship honoring a marine who sacrificed his life for his comrades.
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corporal jason dunham's mother smashed a bottle of champagne on the ship named after her son. three marines are alive today because he covered a grenade with his body in iraq in 2004. his mother and one of the men whose lives were saved say this is the perfect way to honor him. >> it reminds me the most about jason would think it is really cool to have his name on a ship. as a military person, the meaning is definitely there. as a mom, i'm having hard time because my son's not here. >> he's the reason i'm standing here in this interview. he's the reason i go home to my pregnant, beautiful wife and my 2-year-old daughter. if it wasn't for him, they wouldn't even exist. >> sergeant hampton and the other two marines suffered burns and shrapnel wounds from the explosion.
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if you've ever posted your child's picture on facebook or a personal blog, listen up. a massachusetts couple says someone took their son's photo from their website and used it in an adoption scam -- and she might never have even known about it if a good samaritan hadn't alerted her.
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a manhunt is under way in israel for a gunman who opened fire at a youth club for gay teens. a 17-year-old girl and a 26-year-old man were killed in the shooting late last might in tel aviv. 11 others were injured. police are treating the attack as hate crime and israel's only openly gay lawmaker agrees with that approach. >> we didn't expect such a murderous attack. we're all under shock. this is the first time that something like that is happening in israel and we're not going to sit here quietly and let this pass away. we're going to fight for our freedom. >> the shooting has come as a shock to many in israel where gays and lesbians are openly allowed to serve in the military. openly gay musicians and actors are some of the most popular in the country. only six medals of honor
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have been awarded during the course of the wars in iraq and afghanistan. that's a very small number considering the 244 were issued for the vietnam war. a bill ordering a review of the awarding process passed the house. military official say nominations don't go through any more or less scrutiny than in the past. president obama has ordered the detention center at guantanamo bay closed in january. for the first time, we're finding out what might happen to the terrorism suspects detained there. senior officials say the administration plans to transfer them to a super maximum security facility in the united states. the prison would have its own federal court facilities. it may be located at ft. levinworth, kansas or at a michigan prison that is about to shut down. the revelation comes a day after a yemeni detainee apparently committed suicide inside the psychiatric ward at guantanamo bay. six people were wounded in a
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shooting outside a chicago church where a gang member's funeral was being held. there was a stampede when people inside church heard shots being fired. precautions were taken so the shooter couldn't get inside. >> they locked the doors for two or three minutes, then they opened them back up and found four bodies lying on the ground. >> it was so brazen. you know? there's so much violence in schools and churches are supposed to be a safe haven. and if that is being violated, we are really in trouble. >> witnesses say the shooter ran off. no one's been arrested. police believe the shootings are gang related. a massachusetts woman who posted her son's baby pictures on her family's blog got a surprising lesson in why that's not such a good idea. you may think twice about posting your kids' pictures online after you see this report from sean kelly from affiliate wcvb. >> reporter: 7-month-old jacob brennan was busy tasting toys when his mother jenny got a suspicious e-mail. >> out of the blue, some girl
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e-mailed us and said, i think you should know that someone is using jake's picture in an adoption scam. >> reporter: it sounded hard to believe. brennan did some investigating and found this ad on craigslist about a cute baby boy available about a cute baby boy available for adoption, but no picture. so, brennan e-mailed the listed yahoo! address and got the picture. >> the picture he sends you was a picture of jake. it was horrifying. i never thought in the years that i would have the emotional reaction that i did. >> reporter: the e-mail claimed her son is canadian born and living in an orphanage in the republic next to nigeria. >> i got really angry, incredibly angry. >> but brennan decided to play along. she discovered if you hold a cursor over jacob's picture, it shows the family's blog. >> i knew other people had access to it. >> reporter: the scam unraveled through an elaborate correspondence.
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brennan called authorities when he asked for $300 to start the adoption process. >> even though he's not being harmed he's being violated. >> our thanks to sean kelly for that report. the brennans have since made their family blogs private. most churches collect money during the service, but a first baptist church decided to give money to its members on the condition they pay it forward. 1,800 members received envelopes containing anywhere from $10 to $100 and the church asked them to use the money to spread random acts of kindness to those in need. members say word of the deed got out around pretty quickly. >> i had started to explain what our church was doing, and before i could even get it out, she said, oh, is it the baptist church in the middle of town? and i said, yeah, that's right. how did you know? she said i've already had two other people that have given me money because of what your church is doing. hopefully, it will inspire people to continue to bless people and see that it makes a
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difference. >> all together, members gave away $25,000 of the church's money to help others. president obama may have started a new trend -- the beer summit. see how a couple of cold ones caused some troubled political waters. óóóóóóóóóóóóóóóóóóóóóóóó
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the mystery surrounding a missing gulf war fighter pilot shot down in iraq in 1991 has been solved. how the military tracked down the remains of captain michael "scott" speicher. a massachusetts couple discovers their baby boy posted for sale on a craigslist ad. how the scammer got his photo. dozens of toledo cops who lost their jobs over budget cuts are returning to work. how the city plans to pay for it. and back-to-school season may mean a resurgence of swine flu. hear what federal officials want to do to help keep it in check. hi. you're watching hln "news and views." i'm natasha curry. the remains of the first
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american pilot shot down over iraq during the 1991 persian gulf war are finally back home. navy captain michael "scott" speicher disappeared when his plane went down over anbar province on the first night of the war. his remains have now been recovered and positively identified. the discovery should end years of speculation that speicher actually survived and was held captive. >> it's a bittersweet ending. i mean, it's great that we have finally accomplished an ending. but it is bittersweet. you know, you always hope that he's going to be found alive, but yet on that end if he was found alive look what he's missed. i mean, his children are, you know, in college now and, you know, what kind of life would hef led being a prisoner of war? and of course there's always speculation that he was tortured and beaten. and, you know, so it's -- like i said, it's bittersweet. >> the navy says an iraqi
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civilian told u.s. forces earlier last month that he had witnessed the crash. another iraqi told marines he saw speicher's body being buried after the crash. the state department is trying to find out what happened to three americans who were taken into custody in iran. iranian media report they were arrested for crossing illegally from iraq into iran. a fourth american who was supposed to join them on a hike through the kurdish region of iraq apparently fell ill and stayed behind. one of the americans detained in iran is from pennsylvania. his mother spoke to cnn radio network. >> my husband and i are eager for the best welfare and conditions for our son, josh, and for the other two companions he's with. and that is our only concern, his welfare and the best conditions for him. >> the state department says the
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swiss ambassador to tehran is trying to get information about the detained americans. the u.s. has no diplomatic relations with iran. for president obama and his administration, a six-month checkup. he gathered his entire cabinet at blair house across the street from the white house for two days of meetings and goals and accomplishments. both the president and vice president, joe biden, met with cabinet officers on friday. biden ran the show yesterday while the president was at camp david. the white house says the meeting to review what the administration had done in its first six months and set priorities for the next six months. treasury secretary timothy goo geithner was at that meeting and says the xwhi is no longer on the edge of collapse. he expects it to grow by the end of this year and predicts unemployment will slow significantly by this time next year. >> the broad consensus of private forecasters is you'll see positive growth the second half of this year and expect that to continue. >> 2.5% level?
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>> not clear yet. but you need growth before you get businesses to start creating jobs again, and that's where we're going to be very focused on doing. >> geithner's predictions weren't all rosy, though. he weren'ted that the bailout plan and the economic stimulus bill are expanding the federal budget deficit to unsustainable levels. he says any economic recovery won't last unless the deficit is reduced in the near future. with back-to-school season just around the corner, public health officials are worried about the swine flu. authorities expect the h1n1 to spread further and faster once kids return to the classroom. they're encouraging kids to use hand sanitizers. eventually, the goal is to vaccinate school-age children, but vaks won't be available for months. in the meantime, health and human services secretary secretary kathleen sebelius says states should prepare for the flu as if it were a resurgence of the 1918 pandemic that killed 100 million people worldwide. investigators in idaho looking far missing boy are
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focusing on a home in boise. they searched it yesterday and on friday and also closed off a landfill on the property. the homeowner says investigators dug in his back yard after police dogs picked up a scent in his truck. he says his truck was stolen before the boy disappeared and someone later returned it. >> it was pretty devastating that my truck is being, you know, considered part of this. whatever lead help ls. i mean, i have complete cooperation with them because it's a little boy who needs to be found. >> wallis also said he is innocent. 8-year-old robert manuel disappeared nine days ago after visiting his mom. police say they have no suspects but they are following about 300 tips in this case. august is off to a deadly start for u.s. and allied forces in afghanistan. nine have died in combat just this weekend. three americans were killed today in eastern afghanistan. yesterday, six nato soldiers died in and around the city of
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kandahar. at least three of them were americans. 75 nato troops died in afghanistan last month. that's the highest one-month death toll since the u.s.-led invasion in 2001. in canada, as states collapsed in the middle of an outdoor musicfest value, police say one person was killed and 15 other people were injured at the big valley jamboree in alberta. a strong quickly rolled in while some 15,000 people were watching the festival yesterday. the crowd started to evacuate and that's when the stage came down. police say emergency services helped rescue some people trapped under the rubble. president obama's economic recovery plan focused on shovel-ready projects to put people back to work. but it's also giving people jobs. people who never would touch a shovel. see how the money is helping fight crime.
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31 toledo police officers laid off because of budget cuts are getting their jobs back. the city is using a grant from the federal economic recovery program to pay for their return. toledo is also getting another federal xwragrant that will put more laidoff cops back in uniform. they'll start reporting for duty late they are week. >> they're very pleased, and it's good news for them and for their families and for the rest of us here at the police department. >> this will enable me to put some of those detectives back into the detective bureau where they can do follow-up investigations to property crimes, and we need all the help we can get in that area. >> the chief says toledo is getting the maximum federal assistance available. even so, 15 officers who were laid off will not be going back to work. so, how would you like to be the only family living in a 32-story building? it happened in ft. myers, florida, and now the family's attorney has filed two lawsuits
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saying that the building wasn't finished as promised. the family paid $430,000 for the unit four years ago, but when no one else moved in, the building turned off lights in the pool and the parking garage, sealed off the garbage chute and never developed the planned clubhouse marx rina, and restaurants. the developer says the amenities were never promised and the family has rejected all their offers to resolve the situation. u.s. marshals have seized skin sanitizer made by a company based in utah. the fda is warning people not to use the skin product. it says they have harmful bacteria in them. the products are being promoted under several brand names with the claims they can be used to treat open wounds, damaged skin and that they protect against infectious diseases. no problems related to using the product have been reported to the fda. clarcon voluntarily recalled affected products in june. the fda says the company failed
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to follow protocols that could have prevented the contamination. a kentucky man faces a murder charge in the death of a triathlon competitor. police say 26-year-old kenneth yates ran down 47-year-old john carr during the bicycling portion of the grueling race in louisville. according to police, yates sped away from the scene and took off again after he was stopped by an off-duty officer. his mother took yates back to the crash site where he was arrested. a ceremony marks the christening of a warship honoring a marine who sacrificed his life for his comrades. corporal jason dunn ham's mother smashed the bottle of champagne on this ship named after her son. three other marines are alive today because dunham uncovered an exploding grenade with his body in iraq in 2004. his mother and one of the men whose lives he saved said this is the perfect way to honor him.
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>> it reminds that jason always wanted his name on his ship because a a military person, the meaning is definitely there. as a mom, i'm having a hard time because my son's gone. >> he's is reason i'm standing here in this interview. he's the reason i go home to my pregnant, beautiful wife and my 2-year-old daughter. and if it wasn't for him, they wouldn't -- they wouldn't even exist. >> sergeant hampton and the other two marines suffered burns and shrapnel wounds from the explosion. building an ecohome on a budget means hard decisions. and one family told cnn's morgan neill how they did it in today's "eco solutions." >> right here. >> reporter: when they built their house, they planned every
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detail. environmental impact was a priority. but money and time were limited. >> because both of us are working, so we have only shor time to be here in house. and so, it is very difficult to keep ecofriendly when it requires a long time here. >> reporter: so, they omted for some low-maintenance ways to be green. faucets that use less water, double-paned glass for better efficiency, and solar panels. now, living in one of japan's big cities, one of the main challenges is how to deal with limited space. the family found a way to deal with that challenge that's both ingenious and, well, green. the rooftop garden keeps the house cooler, meaning they use less air conditioning. >> this is our solar panels, and water is warmed up by the solar energy so we can use it on the bath, in the kitchen. >> reporter: solar panels heat nearly all the water they need
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in summer, though they have to use a boiler in winter when there's less light. keiko says she eads like to reduce their carbon emissions to zero but had to balance that with other needs. what it costs were no october. panasonic set up this model home to showcase its latest ideas on eliminating carbon emissions. >> you can see some lights. >> reporter: inside, an energy management network reduces consumption. >> and hydrogen and goes in and reacts here to produce electricity. >> reporter: while fuel cells combine with solar power and batteries to provide what power is needed. it's an elegant vision of the future. but in the present, the family says building an ecofriendly house means making hard decisions. >> i have to decide which one to introduce and which one i cannot introduce. i have to decide every time. >> reporter: she says the important thing is the house is not just ecofriendly, it's also
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comfortable. and that's not easy to plan. morgan neill, cnn, kawasaki, japan.
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a manhunt is under way in israel for a gunman who opened fire at a youth club for gay teens. a 17-year-old girl and a 26-year-old man were killed in the shooting late last night in tel aviv. 11 other people were injured. police are treating the attack as a hate crime, and israel's only openly gay lawmaker agrees with that approach.
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>> we didn't expect such a murderous attack. this is the first time something like that is happening in israel. and we are not going to sit quietly and let this pass away. we're going to fight for our freedoms. >> the shooting has come to a shock to many in israel, where gays and lesbians are allowed to openly serve in the military and openly gay musicians and actors are some of the most popular in the country. only six medals of honor have been awarded during the course of the wars in iraq and afghanistan, and that's a very small number considering that 244 were issued for the vietnam war. a bill ordering a review of the awarding process passed the house. military officials say nominations don't go through any more or less scrutiny than in the past. president obama has ordered the detention center at guantanamo bay closed in january. and for the first time, we're finding out what might happen to the terrorism suspects detained there. senior officials say that
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administration plans to transfer them to a super maximum security facility in the united states. the prison would have its own federal court facilities. it may be located at ft. leavenworth kansas or at a michigan prison that is about to shut down. the revelation comes a day after a yemeni detainee apparently committed suicide inside the psychiatric ward at guantanamo bay. a massachusetts woman who posted her son's baby pictures on her family's blog got a surprising lesson in why that's not such a good idea. and you may think twice about posting your kids' pictures online after you see this report from sean kelly from affiliate wcbb. >> reporter: 7-month-old jacob brennan was busy tasting toys when his mother, jenny, got a suspicious e-mail. >> out of the blue, some girl e-mailed us and said i think you should know that someone is using jake's picture in an adoption scam. >> reporter: it sounded hard to believe, brennan did some
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investigating and found this ad on craig list about a cute baby boy available for adoption, but no picture, so brennan e-mailed the listed yahoo! address and got this in her inbox. >> the picture was a picture of jake. it was horrifying. i never would have thought in a million years that i would have the emotional reaction that i did. >> reporter: the e-mail claimed her son is canadian born and living in an orphanage in cameroon, the republic next to nigeria. >> i goat really angry, incredibly angry. >> reporter: but brennan decided to play along in search of more clues. she discovered if you hold the cursor over jacob's picture it shows the address for her family's blog. >> i know other people had access to it but i never thought anyone would really want to. >> reporter: the scam unraveled. brennan called authorities when the person asked for $300 just to start the application process. >> even though he's not being harmed, i think in a way he's being sort of violated. >> our thanks to sean kelly from hln affiliate wcbb for that
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report. the brennans have since made their family blog pirate. most churches collect money during the service, but the first baptist church in florida decided to give money to its members on the condition that they pay it sfward. 1,800 members received envelopes containing anywhere from $10 to $100, and the church asked them to use the money to spread random acts of kindness to those in need. members say word of the deed got around pretty quickly. >> i had started to explain what our church was doing, and before i could even get it out, she said, oh, is it the baptist church in the middle of town? i said, yeah, that's right. i said, how did you know? she said i already had two other people that have given me money because of what your church is doing. hopefully, it will inspire people to continue to bless people and see that it makes a difference. >> all together members gave away $25,000 of the church's money to help others. suppose you were in the middle of the country and you needed to be seen by a doctor, say, in california. well, one doctor actually has a
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way to make that visit happen without either of you taking a trip. dr. sanjay gupta takes a look at the futuristic medicine in today's "vital signs." >> dr. chung regularly sees patients via the wireless robot. he can portal inside a patient's room from just about anywhere. >> okay. so, let's go live. so, we are here controlling this robot in santa barbara. we're here in texas. dr. chung does this all the time. he can be here controlling a robot in this hospital or anywhere in the world, right? >> anywhere around the world. >> a high-quality camera allows the robot to move its head from side to side and record images from all angles. there's a laptop and a remote joystick that lets the doctor zoom in and check a patient's pupils, vital signs, even examine their brain scans remotely. a surgeon could essentially talk someone through an operation as if they were doing it themselves in real time. >> for more on this and other
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exciting advances in medicine, go to our website, cnn.com/vitalsigns.
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